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Even as the World Health Organization leads the worldwide response to the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is failing to take stock of rapidly evolving research findings and to communicate clearly about them, several scientists warned Tuesday.In a news briefing Monday, a WHO official asserted that transmission of the coronavirus by people without symptoms is “very rare.” Following concerted pushback from researchers, officials Tuesday walked back the claim, saying it was a “misunderstanding.”But it is not the first time the WHO’s assessment has seemed to lag behind scientific opinion.The agency delayed endorsing masks for the general public until Friday, claiming there was too little evidence that they prevented transmission of the virus. Virtually all scientists and governments have been recommending masks for months.The WHO has said repeatedly that small airborne droplets, or aerosols, are not a significant factor in the pandemic’s spread, although a growing body of

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